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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 19, 2011 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-05-71

Yup; it's precisely my perception of the energy + experimentation that translates = absence of lethargy + staleness (not saying that 72 = stale), but you get the idea, I suppose...I hope?

I think that the newness of these various transitional periods can be turned on its head to be part of the attraction, esp when one isn't expecting a great deal on the "tight vocals/play" end of things anyhoo (again, though many love it, One From the Vault might be the "tightest" performance ever, having practiced a great deal during the hiatus, etc., and though many love it, for me it is bland as a result...don't hate me OFTVault lovers, just sayin...).

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Poster: BVD Date: Aug 19, 2011 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-05-71

Damn! Missed this show by a night. My first show was the night before, but I remember taping this beauty off the radio onto cassette via WNEW radio. This run would make a nice box set.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Aug 19, 2011 7:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 12-05-71

1971 was something of a big year in terms of transition.

Not unlike a baseball team who begins the year with the crew from year last, some fade to the DL, some get traded away and a few get traded in.

Around comes the fall and suddenly there's a new magic in the zen of the line-up and magic happens.

Talk about a dramatic difference in performance styling from February to April, August to October and then December.

For that matter 1971 was a very important year in the annals of The Grateful Dead.

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